On a day marked by cookouts, fireworks, family, and friends, it’s important to remember that freedom doesn’t come free. We took a moment to honor our very own team members who have served and asked them to share a little about their experiences. We’re both proud of and grateful to, our Veterans here at Premier Mounts. We’d also like to remember all of those who have served, are currently serving, and have given the ultimate sacrifice. Here are the stories of a few of our Veterans, who graciously shared their experiences with us on this very special day:

Chris Greeley, our Channel Sales Manager for the Northwest Region served in the Army:

Why did you pick the service branch you joined and why did you decide to join?

“I was right out of high school and wanted to see the world, learn how do defend myself, my family and my country.”

What job or position did you serve in during your time?

“I was in the Army and I was an 11H. That is a TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile gunner. Specifically, that deals with tube launched, optically, and wire-guided missiles.

Where were you stationed?

“I was stationed in beautiful Fort Lewis, Washington for two years. I also had tours in all of the training facilities across the United States including White Sands Missile Range New Mexico, Fort Polk Louisiana, the Jungle Operations Training Center in Panama, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. I did my boot camp in Fort Benning, Georgia.”

What was your most memorable experience?

“There were so many amazing memories and people I’ve met over the years. I’m still close to them and chat with them to this day. My most memorable experience was the Jungle Training I learned in Panama. Learning to navigate all the perils of the jungle is an unforgettable experience.”

Why is it important to honor those who serve every day of the year, and not just on Independence Day?

“People put their life on the line to defend your freedoms!!”


Larry Drum, our Channel Sales Distribution Sales Manager served in the Marine Corps:

Why did you pick the service branch you joined and why did you decide to join?

“I knew there was more to the world than the small Southeast Missouri town I grew up in, so I decided to join the military.  Once that was decided I started researching the different branches and I came to the conclusion that the Marine Corps was the best-trained fighting force in the United States military. With that understanding I figure my best chance of survival if there was a conflict was to have the best training available, so I joined the Corps.”

What job or position did you serve in during your time?

“My first enlistment was in the infantry as a TOW, Anti-Tank gunner, 0352. When I re-enlisted I made a change in my MOS to 5922, Improved HAWK Information Coordination Central Repairman repairing computer and radar systems on the HAWK anti-aircraft defense system. When I left the Marine Corps I held the rank of Sergeant/E5.

Where were you stationed?

“I was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina while I was in the infantry and then went to Fort Bliss, Texas for a year of electronics school for repairing and maintaining the HAWK air defense system. After Fort Bliss, I was stationed in Pasadena, CA as part of the I & I staff that provided training and support for the 4th Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve.”

What was your most memorable experience?

“There are many but I think the biggest impact on me was the people I met and served with. They were from every walk of life: race, religion, and economic status, but almost all were truly patriotic Americans. As the saying goes, they, ‘wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount of and up to and including their life.’”

Why is it important to honor those who serve every day of the year, and not just on Independence Day?

“Just knowing that there is one day that the nation recognizes those that were willing to serve and the collective thank you is enough for me.  Also, it is important to have a day for those that paid the ultimate price for what we have in this nation.”


Darrell Nuner, our Process Engineer served in the Coast Guard because of his love for the ocean:

What job or position did you serve in during your time?

“I was a seaman for about a year, then went to quartermaster school in Providence Rhode Island for six months. I came out of the school with an E4 rank (third class) and the rank of a Quartermaster. My duties were on the bridge keeping track of our location, weather, and signaling when required, and being a steersman (taking orders from the Bridge officer to change or hold our course).”

Where were you stationed?

“I was stationed in Astoria Oregon for all 4 years excluding my schooling. My first ship was the USCGC Cactus, which was a buoy tender. (1 year). My second ship was the USCGC Yocona, which was a search and rescue ship. (2 ½ years)”

What was your most memorable experience?

“We were watching the Russian fishing fleet outside of the US Territorial Waters and we ran across a very interesting ship that had radar towers all over it. We followed that ship for a day and a half trying to get in contact with it. They finally responded and gave us the name of the ship, which was the Flotenspekcia. A short time later they suddenly sped up and headed out to sea. We did not follow them at this point.”

Why is it important to honor those who serve every day of the year, and not just on Independence Day?

“Whether you are/were on a tour or serving your country as a military person in any capacity, it is a responsibility that is carried out with pride and honor by us who served. I appreciate all who says “thank you,” when they find out I served our county.  It is greatly appreciated.  I always respond with a thank you to them.”


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